Richmond, California Files Lawsuit Against Chevron, Others For Climate Damages

From DeSmogBlog By Farron Cousins • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 11:33  Share342  Tweet  Reddit3  Share0  Share The city of Richmond, California is the home of oil giant Chevron’s domestic headquarters. It also happen to be the ninth city in the United States to file a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for their contributions to global climate change. The lawsuit filed by the city lists Chevron …

Traffic pollution is linked to poor pregnancy outcomes and future ill health. Exposure is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”

A series of studies published in the past few months has started to explore the wider impact of pollutants. One, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the exposure of unborn children to air pollution in cities is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”. Pollution in the womb is now linked to low birth weight, disruption of the baby’s …

Damages From US Disasters Totaled $306 Billion In 2017

January 11th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Want to know when the corporations and politicians will pay attention to climate change? It won’t come about because of fancy speeches, marches, or T-shirts. It will happen when the financial cost of natural disasters associated with global warming becomes too great for insurers to cover without jacking their rates sky high. Money makes the world …

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path

New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi et al., 6 Feb 2018 Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding. As flood danger grows — the consequence of a …

New York City Sues 5 Major Oil Companies For Climate Change Related Damages

“This lawsuit is based upon the fundamental principle that a corporation that makes a product causing severe harm when used exactly as intended should shoulder the costs of abating that harm.” It also alleges the defendants have created a public nuisance. That argument is phrased like this in the complaint: “Defendants’ conduct constitutes a substantial and unreasonable interference with and obstruction …

On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …

UK Study Claims Shale Gas One Of Least Desirable Options For Generating Electricity

January 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  on Clean Technica  America loves fracking, but other parts of the world are not so crazy about the idea of filling the Earth full of carcinogenic chemicals in order to extract natural gas from shale deposits. The process is banned outright in Scotland. France has announced it will not permit any new fracking operations. In the UK, fracking is …

Global airfreight climbing almost 9% per year with rise of 2-day shipping. And shipping by air has 10x the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66x the footprint of container ships

By Lloyd Alter, 12 Jan 2018 TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping,where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of …

Rates of global sea level rise have tripled since the 90s, extra loss from Antarctica and Greenland, Coast Guard announces doubling of icebergs in North Atlantic, since 2016

Research breakthroughs astound scientists, by Chelsea Harvey on December 29, 2017 in Scientific American  Credit: Getty Images As the potential effects of climate change are seen around the world – from starving polar bears to record-breaking storms – interest in climate science is soaring. Scientists are digging into the “how,” “why” and “what’s next” of global temperatures, melting ice, emission sources and sinks, changing …